Morning Delight, Yosemite Valley- Yosemite National Park

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 7D
Nearest Area

Just after a heavy overnight snow I left from Curry Village to find a new vantage point of Yosemite Valley. Sometimes this can prove to be quite a challenge and other times I have a few ideas that I have been stocking up for the right moment. This particular morning was one of those ideas from the vault that I had been dreaming of doing when the conditions were right. When driving into the valley that morning I remember looking around at the low clouds and snow hanging off of the tree limbs and thinking this is the day! This is the day that I will try out my new spot. I started my hike out of Curry village just after the sunrise. The valley was particularly "socked in" that morning so I decided to give it an hour to clear. I started my hike up the steep ascent to the foreboding South Wall. The South wall of Yosemite is one of the least traveled areas of the park. Aside from climbers trails there really isn't much to follow. The location that I had been scouting was particularly thick. I spent the better part of 45 minutes scrambling up slippery, moss covered boulders as the now melting snow continued to make conditions even more difficult. After reaching the bottom of the wall I looked out over the valley and was disappointed to find that I could not see more than 10 feet in front of me. I decided to set up my tripod anyway and hoped that the warm sun that was pouring into the valley would lift the clouds and reveal the landscape before me. As I waited I noticed that the clouds were indeed moving and every once in awhile I would catch a shadowy glimpse of Half Dome or Mt. Watkins. After almost an hour of waiting the clouds began to lighten and lift uncovering one of the most stunning scenes that I have ever come across. I don't know if it was the slow unveiling of the scene or the sheer beauty of the unmasked valley that makes this one of my all time favorite photographs. I captured this photo just as Mt. Watkins emerged from the heavy shroud and a patch of blue sky shone through. I still ask everyone who looks at this photo where they think it was taken. The first reaction from everyone is always the iconic "Tunnel View." Then I ask them to look again and though it is similar this shot is actually almost 10 miles away from Tunnel View and does not share any like mountains other than Half Dome which is not visible in this image.

Date Added
February 17, 2015
Date Taken
February 17, 2015
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